Tests confirmed Sunday that over 40 eucalyptus trees in two separate locations had been poisoned in a similar manner, JNF/KKL said. Holes had been drilled into about 40 trees over a stretch of 100 meters near Carmei Yosef on Route 44 in recent days and poison poured into the trunks. The poison rapidly killed off the trees. Samples sent for analysis revealed a poison called Garlon, which is used in pesticides.
Surprisingly, several trees in the Western Galilee were poisoned in a very similar way at the same time, raising suspicions among KKL enforcement personnel that there was some as yet undiscovered connection. Several tools and materials were found at the scenes and have been sent to check for fingerprints.
KKL Chair Efi Stenzler said the initial investigation indicated the attacks were not nationally motivated.